Daniel P. Mears is the Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology in the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (Click here for CV.) He conducts research on crime causation and social programs and policies, focusing on criminal and juvenile justice and crime prevention and intervention strategies. As a Principal Investigator or lead researcher, he has conducted studies funded by such federal agencies as the National Council on Disability, National Institute of Justice, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and state agencies, including the Florida Department of Corrections, as well as by foundations, including the California Endowment, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Joyce Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In addition to research and teaching, he directs the College’s graduate student orientation and serves in many capacities on local and national scholarly and professional associations, including having served as the chair of a school board and of university and association committees.
His views have been covered in media outlets, including ABC News, Austin American-Statesman, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Hill, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune, New York Times, Tallahassee Democrat, Time, USA Today, Washington Post, and Washington Times, and television and radio shows. His research has appeared in such journals as Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Justice Quarterly, Law and Policy, Law and Society Review, Punishment and Society, and Sociological Perspectives. He is the author of Out-of-Control Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press); Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration, with Joshua C. Cochran (Sage Publications); and American Criminal Justice Policy (Cambridge University Press), which received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award.
Dr. Mears served as a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center (2001-2005; Research Associate 2001-2002), an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs (2004), a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research (1999-2000), an Instructor at Southwestern University (1998), and an Evaluation Research Fellow with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health (1996-1997). While at the University of Texas at Austin (1993-1998), he was nominated for the University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and appointed to the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. After graduating from Haverford College, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia (1991-1992) and as a program manager and counselor working with abused adolescents in Massachusetts (1988-1991).